Research Fellow in Astrophysics

Guildford, United Kingdom
£31,302 to £39,609 per annum plus benefits
29 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Physics

Location:      Guildford
Salary:      £31,302 to £39,609 per annum plus benefits
2 year Fixed Term Contract
Post Type:      Full Time
Closing Date:      Sunday 09 December 2018
Interview Date:      To be confirmed

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PDRA) position in the Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Surrey, working alongside Prof. Justin Read in the area of galactic dynamics, computational astrophysics and/or near-field cosmology.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in astronomy, physics, applied mathematics, computer science or a closely related discipline. Knowledge of dynamics, high-performance computing and computer programming are highly desirable. Candidates should apply on-line and provide both a curriculum vitae (including a publication list) and a statement of research interests.

The astrophysics group at the University of Surrey has interests in both observational astronomy and theoretical astrophysics with particular focus on near-field cosmology, stars, stellar clusters and galaxy formation & evolution. The group participates in a range of national and international projects, working with partner universities across the South East Physics (SEPnet) network.

This is a two year position, with a possible extension for a further two years. The preferred start date is 1st October 2019, though an earlier start may be possible on request.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Justin Read ( for further information. Applicants should ensure that two letters of recommendation are sent to:

As a PDRA at the University of Surrey, you will have access to a range of benefits, including a generous annual leave entitlement, pension scheme, flexible working opportunities, career development and training, and access to the Surrey Sports Park.

Please apply online through the button below.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,302) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,236).

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.
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